The holiday season is a great time to spend time with family, relax, and maybe enjoy a nice Christmas-themed movie. Over the years, there have been no shortage of classic Christmas movies, like Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, and so many more. Though a genre that is lacking the same number of classics is Christmas/horror-themed films. This is, in reality, not so surprising, as this time of year is more for being cheered up than scared silly. Still, as a means of counter-programming, these movies can do quite well.
2015’s Krampus was one such Christmas-based horror flick that wound up earning $61 million worldwide during its theatrical run, and was generally liked by fans of the genre. Of course, though not straight horror, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Gremlins are both holiday classics that are just as frightful as they are delightful. But what if you wanted to see one of your favorite Christmas family films mangled into a horror? Well, it may look something like this.
YouTube user, Aceinyourface, created a re-cut (see the above video) of the Tim Allen-headlined The Santa Clause, though this time, set to some chilling music. The result is surprisingly effective. Released in 1994, The Santa Clause was a family-friendly Christmas film if there ever was one. This recut trailer for it, not so much.
Between Tim Allen in a fat suit and the circumstances in which he becomes Santa, the film is a charming comedy for the holidays. This re-cut, though, would have you believe the film was intended for adults only. Aceinyourface has turned this lovable Christmas comedy into a chilling kidnapping film, where Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin seems to be slipping further and further into insanity. If you have never seen The Santa Clause, and stumbled across this video, it would not be all that shocking if you felt this could be a new kind of Christmas/horror classic.
While we all know that The Santa Clause is, in reality, as far as you can get from a horror film, perhaps a re-cut like this will show that there is an audience for creepy, holiday-themed films. And after watching this video, the perfect actor to cast in such a film may just be comedian Tim Allen.
No matter what genre of films you’re going to be watching today as part of the festivities, Merry Christmas and happy holidays!